Bodo Illgner

Bodo Illgner 2012 in the studio with Markus Lanz

Bodo Illgner ( born April 7, 1967 in Koblenz ) is a former German football goalkeeper. He played during his career at the 1 FC Köln and Real Madrid. Between 1987 and 1994 he was a German national goalkeeper. With the national team in 1990 he was World Champion.

Beginnings and career at FC Cologne 1

Bodo Illgner was born in Koblenz and then lived in Westerburg, before the family moved to Bonn. Illgner began six years old on the 1st FC Hardt mountain to play football. Illgner graduated as a goalkeeper 1985-1996 326 games for the first FC Cologne in the Bundesliga. 1985/86 was his first season as a substitute goalkeeper. His first professional commitment, he came in Munich's Olympic Stadium on February 22, 1986, when Toni Schumacher was directed at the registry of 2:1 for FC Bayern Munich in the 75th minute for a foul in the penalty area of the field. The awarded a penalty kick Lothar Matthäus for 3-1 final score. In the following week, the then 18 -year-old goalie talent persuaded at home debut against VfB Stuttgart. The 1st FC Cologne won 2-1. The next away game in Gelsenkirchen Park Stadium against FC Schalke 04 Schumacher was back between the posts. In the spring of 1987, when Schumacher was released after the publication of his autobiography, FC, ​​Illgner was goalkeeper, reaching the people of Cologne in the seasons 1988/89 and 1989/90, twice the German runner. The 1st FC Cologne subject with him in goal in the DFB Cup final in 1991 on penalties Werder Bremen. In the 1995/96 season Bodo Illgner was instrumental in helping to save the Billy Goats before descending into the second division. With 35 hits, he received the fewest goals of all Bundesliga goalkeepers this season.

Real Madrid

Once in the Bundesliga season 1996/97 with four games were completed, he moved on 30 August 1996 as a surprise to those laid down in his Cologne contract four million DM detachment on request Fabio Capello to Real Madrid. He signed a three year contract there, which earned him two million DM. The contract was doped in early 1999 to much better conditions, he was with a total of nearly ten million marks, was extended by another three years. With the Merengues in 1997 ( under Fabio Capello) and 2001 ( under Vicente del Bosque ) Spanish champion and 1999 ( under Guus Hiddink and John Toshack ) runners-up. He also won with them in Amsterdam on 20 May 1998 against Juventus 1-0 ( under Jupp Heynckes ) and in Paris in 2000 against FC Valencia 3-0 ( under Vicente del Bosque ), the Champions League and in Tokyo on December 1, 1998 against CR Vasco da Gama 2-1 ( under Guus Hiddink ) the world Cup. Illgner making it the most successful of the eight Germans who have previously played at Real Madrid ( next to him Günter Netzer, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike, Bernd Schuster, Christoph Metzelder, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil ).

Through a complicated and lengthy shoulder injury he came since the end of 1999 no longer correct for the course and thereby lost his place to the young, talented Iker Casillas. The UEFA Champions League final in 2000, he experienced from the bench and the Spanish Championship 2001 from the stands. In July 2001, the current contract until 2002 with Real Madrid was dissolved by mutual consent. With 34 years, he ended his career as a professional. After that, he regularly guarded the gate of the veterans of the team Merengues.


In the German national football team, he was employed from 1987 to 1994 in 54 games. For the first time he had been called as a substitute goalkeeper for the match against Italy in Mungerdorferstadion in Cologne on 18 April 1987 in the DFB -A- squad. His international debut he gave in Hamburg's Park Stadium on September 23, 1987 in a 1-0 win against Denmark. Previously Illgner took part in June 1987 with the Bundeswehr 's national team at the Military World Championship in Italy and finished second. According to the European Football Championship in Germany in 1988 he broke with 21 years Eike Immel from the goalkeeper. At the age of 23 years he guarded the gate at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. In the semi-final against England on July 4, Stuart Pearce failed on penalties to him. When Chris Waddle missed the last penalty of the English, the way to the final was free. There, the national team in Rome triumphed at the Olympic Stadium on July 8, 1-0 against Argentina. Illgner has since become the youngest goalkeeper who has ever been world champion. In the European Championship finals in Sweden, he reached the final with the national team. This the Germans lost in Gothenburg on 26 June 1992 against Denmark 0-2. After the quarterfinal against Bulgaria, which Germany lost 1:2 at the World Cup in the USA at New York's Giants Stadium on July 10, 1994 and the criticism of his person, he stepped down as national team. After Sepp Maier (18 games, 1970 World Cup, 1974 and 1978) and Harald " Toni" Schumacher (14 games, the 1982 World Cup and 1986 ) has Illgner the third most World Cup inserts under the German goalkeepers (12 games, World Cup 1990 and 1994), inter alia Oliver Kahn (8 games, World Cup 2002 and 2006).


Since 1990 Illgner is married to his wife Bianca. The couple has three children, the family lived after the End of career Illgners including in Alicante before the family then left Europe and moved to the United States. There, the family lives in Boca Raton, Florida. Illgner is co- commentator for football broadcasts for pay channel Sky Sport Germany and leg. In 2004, he wrote with his wife Bianca the novel " Everything. ". The book tells the story of a football player and his wife, who is his manager at the same time. In 1989, the publisher Empire released the computer game " Bodo Illgners Super Soccer ".